Frank Langfitt


IAF online discussion

TRAVERSE CITY — The International Affairs Forum hosts NPR’s London correspondent Frank Langfitt at 4 p.m. April 16 through the Zoom application. His discussion “Brexit in the Time of COVID-19” is followed by a question-and-answer session. People can order Langfitt’s book “The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China” (2016) from Horizon Books. Anyone can join the event using the ID 973-7675-3071. Questions: 231-995-1844;

State airports to receive funds

TRAVERSE CITY — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao recently announced the Federal Aviation Administration plans to award more than $256 million in aid to 94 airports statewide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding can be used for debt payments, capital expenditures and operating costs like payroll and utilities. This is part of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Airport Grant Program.

The following northern Michigan facilities are among the recipients:

  • Antrim County Airport in Bellaire, $30,000
  • Charlevoix Municipal Airport, $30,000
  • Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, $14,819,260
  • Frankfort Dow Memorial Field, $20,000
  • Gaylord Regional Airport, $30,000
  • Grayling Army Airfield, $1,000
  • Harbor Springs Municipal Airport, $30,000
  • Manistee County Blacker Airport, $30,000
  • Pellston Regional Airport, $1,104,773
  • Wexford County Airport, $30,000

Detroit drops ticket against protester

DETROIT — The city of Detroit has agreed to drop a misdemeanor ticket against a man who was accused of violating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order while protesting outside an abortion clinic.

Detroit and the governor agree that Andrew Belanger’s conduct was not illegal, according to a settlement approved Tuesday by a federal judge.

Belanger was ticketed on March 31 while protesting outside Scotsdale Women’s Center in Detroit. His lawsuit stated that eight police cars and 15 officers were at the scene.

Belanger and anti-abortion allies filed a lawsuit, saying their First Amendment rights were violated.

On April 7, Whitmer issued guidance about her stay-home rules during the coronavirus outbreak. She said “expressive activities protected by the First Amendment” are allowed, although people must stay at least 6 feet away from others.